The second largest of the Canary Islands attract huge numbers of sun-worshippers and water sport practitioners in search of one thing: the most pristine beaches in the archipelago. You can't blame them. The golden sand, cool water and gentle sea breeze of Fuerteventura are head and shoulders above those of its neighbours. But the island has so much more to offer, from barren dessert scenery and fascinating volcanoes to colourful and characterful towns and pleasant harbour promenades, all of which visitors would be foolish to miss out on.
Gran Canaria's more than the sum of its famous beaches, where holidaymakers assume the horizontal position to lap up one of the world's most-celebrated climates. It's not hard to see why capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria was named after the island's palms. They are here, there, and everywhere. If you think of active sports in GC, you'll probably think of diving and surfing. But head to the island's interior to climb. It's even possible to ascend Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria's iconic Cloud Rock. Little wonder GC's dubbed the miniature continent.
Nestled between two seas, La Manga del Mar Menor (or simply La Manga, for short) is all beaches - an alluring summertime getaway for vacationers both local and international. Warm waters of Europe's largest lagoon washing over its western shore are known for exceptional curative properties, and the strip's major draw is world-class golfing, among others.
Sunshine, idyllic beaches and warm waters are just the start. Lanzarote boasts an impressive natural variety, with more than 300 volcanic peaks which create a fascinating lunar landscape tinged with pink, purple and ochre; but there are also subterranean caves, tunnels and lakes which entice even the calmest visitor to seek adventure. Needless to say, Lanzarote is paradise for surfers, with perfect waves year-round. And if that is not enough, it is rumoured that the island was part of the lost city of Atlantis...come see for yourself!
“Ciudad del paraíso” – the paradise city. This is how the Nobel Prize winner for literature, Vicente Aleixandre, described Malaga. A city that vibrates with life and fascinates with its mixture of ancient history, folklore and modern culture. And of course, it is easy to imagine paradise in this harbour city with nearly 3.000 hours of sunshine a year and several kilometres of beach right in its centre.
Mallorca’s reputation as a booze-soaked party spot is an immense injustice. It is certainly a very popular destination for groups of beautiful young vacationers to lie in the sun and sip some colourful cocktails before a night of intense clubbing, but to reduce this Balearic jewel to that is to ignore its long and rich history, its breath-taking landscapes and its irresistible charm. What the island obviously offers in idyllic beaches and rowdy parties it more than matches with culture, personality and awe-inspiring vistas. Mallorca’s beaches, however, with their golden sands and crystalline waters, remain the island’s biggest draw.
Menorca (or Minorca) was named after the Spanish word 'menor', meaning smaller, so that the name already reveals that Menorca is indeed smaller than its neighboring islands. As so, the majority of holidaymakers flock to the more publicity-prone islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, while Menorca attracts those who want the best of the Balearics without losing themselves in the crowd. The stunning coves with white sand beaches are a draw by themselves but the historic remains of the British occupation, the countryside, and the tranquility of this quieter isle all make for its charm that attracts visitors year by year, and always again.
Apart from having the best climate in Spain, Tenerife is a place where you can really relax and enjoy yourself. This island, crowned by Mount Teide, has picturesque villages, incredible landscapes and idyllic beaches. Here you will be able to enjoy fiestas where you will feel as though you are just one more reveller from Tenerife. Guess why over five million people have chosen this Island as their holiday destination. Just come and have a great time.
Valencia is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. With a privileged location by the Mediterranean sea, it offers a perfect combination of beaches and culture, where historic monuments can be found alongside futuristic attractions. The birthplace of paella, it boasts a thriving food scene featuring Michelin starred restaurants as well as quirky tapas bars. Its neighbourhoods come to life during traditional festivals like Las Fallas whilst at night there is a buzzing atmosphere in the many bars and clubs in trendy districts like Ruzafa or El Carmen.